Rayleigh Rock ‘The Worcester’

Braintree's New Gaff


On a cold, sleety February morning nothing warms the toes more than some serious competition amongst good friends – except maybe underfloor heating…!

So it was that a few of the RTAC massive ventured Braintree-ward to take part in their 2015 Worcester shoot.

As always, the Bowmen made everyone very welcome with warm smiles and limitless free tea and biscuits – their new ‘home’, the light, bright sports hall of a large school was fantastic: evenly lit and spacious, archers had plenty of room to spread out and relax.

Three sessions today: Tim shooting all three to be joined later by Phil R, Paul W, Lauren B and, on her debut appearance in club colours, Lilly in Session B and finally, in Session C by two more juniors Joshua and Mia, along with the Birdsall Boys: young Sam and dad Zep. Quite a team!

Tim shot well enough in the first session to claim 1st place – holding it together for a very welcome cup of tea and bourbon biscuit at the end. The session had passed quickly – plenty of time to relax before Session B: some good chat with super-organiser Paul Ramos and his working party while the next contingent of shooters slowly gathered.

Paul, Phil, Lauren and Lilly took up position as Session B began. Although Tim was tiring, Lilly soon got the hang of this most esoteric of indoor rounds – a couple of misses aside she shot very well indeed – and more importantly thoroughly enjoyed herself! Lauren was a little disappointed with her final score, but Paul was always going to hit his PB! and Phil also shot well after making serious changes to form. Our host Paul Ramos was trialling his brand new toy: a lovely silver Hoy Prodigy setup which, despite being only a couple of days old helped him secure 1st place for gents recurve in this session – well done lad!

Team RTAC also won medals in this session: Lauren taking gold for Ladies U16, Mia taking gold and Lilly, on her debut don’t forget, taking home a bronze medal! Wonderful stuff.

There was more to come in the last Session: Josh arrived with his dad, as did Sam who both shot superb scores (Josh, again, in his debut competition). Phil and Paul carried on along with Tim (very tired now!) and Zep who suffered a little but still enjoyed the day.

In the end, RTAC made a huge impression on the scoresheet: loads of golds for both session and overall, a clutch of silvers including Team Medal and a bunch of bronzes.

Well done to everyone for making the trip and performing so well. It was, as always, a fantastic event – brilliantly organised by Paul and his crew. I think we’re already looking forwards to next years!

Full results available here: Braintree Worcester 2015 Final Result

PS: we’ve got to start getting photos of the team at these events!